Worldwide Public Holidays News and Updates November 2009


 
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This monthly recap of November 2009 worldwide public holidays news and updates, covering all the countries of the world, is based on our daily review of hundreds of on-line newspapers, government sites, and institutional sources, and over a decade of experience following worldwide public holidays, to place current events in context, and anticipate on possible future changes.

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Date

Country

News Item Summary

30-Nov-2009

Liberia

Liberia Proclaims December 1st Holiday (Source: Liberia Broadcasting System-Monrovia) - Summary: Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has proclaimed Tuesday, December 1, 2009, as World AIDS Day, and has declared the day to be observed across the country as a working holiday. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

30-Nov-2009

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Electoral Public Holiday December 23 (Source: Azeri Press Agency-APA) - Summary: The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Azerbaijan has announced the date of the upcoming municipal elections as Wednesday, December 23, 2009. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

29-Nov-2009

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Permanent Secretary Ministry of Legal Affairs-St. John's) - Summary: The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Legal Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda has released the official list of public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda for the calendar year 2010. Links: full story and other Antigua and Barbuda news and updates.

29-Nov-2009

Ecuador

Ecuador Announces 2010 Public Holidays (Source: Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador-Quito) - Summary: Ecuador's Minister of Tourism, Verónica Sión de Josse, has released a list of the official public holidays in Ecuador for the calendar year 2010. Links: full story and other Ecuador news and updates.

28-Nov-2009

Nepal

Nepal Declares November 29 Bakr Eid Public Holiday (Source: Nepal News-Kathmandu) - Summary: The government of Nepal has declared Sunday, November 29, 2009, the second day of this year's Bakr Eid Muslim festival, a public holiday. Links: full story and other Nepal news and updates.

27-Nov-2009

Germany

Germany To Consider Extending Reformation Day Public Holiday (Source: Osthessen-News-Fulda) - Summary: The Synod of evangelical Churches of Germany's State of Hessen has passed a motion asking the government to amend Article 1 of the Hessischen Feiertaggesetzes to make Reformation Day an official public holiday in the State of Hessen. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

27-Nov-2009

Honduras

Honduras Declares November 30 Public Holiday (Source: Diario Tiempo-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: The Honduran government, led by Roberto Micheletti in a council of Ministers, has decided to declare a public sector holiday for Friday afternoon, November 27, 2009, starting at noon local time (7:00pm European time), as well as the entire day of Monday, November 30, 2009. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

27-Nov-2009

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Azeri Press Agency-APA) - Summary: The Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers has issued a decision specifying the official list of 2010 public holidays in Azerbaijan. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

27-Nov-2009

Ukraine

Ukraine Announces 2010 Public Holidays (Source: Interfax-Kiev) - Summary: The Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine has passed a resolution specifying the official list of 2010 public holidays. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

27-Nov-2009

Australia

Australia SA Shops To Close On Boxing Day (Source: News.com.au-Adelaide) - Summary: The Industrial Relations Minister of the Australian state of South Australia, Paul Caica, has announced that shops would not be allowed to open on December 26, 2009, even though December 26 is not listed as a public holiday this year. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

26-Nov-2009

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Declares CHOGM Public Sector Holiday (Source: The Trinidad and Tobago Express-Port of Spain) - Summary: A circular from the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, and signed by Head of the Public Service, Sandra Marchack, orders all Ministries located in Port of Spain to close, tomorrow, Friday, November 27, 2009, for the opening day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

26-Nov-2009

Sénégal

Senegal Considering Magal de Touba Public Holiday (Source: Dakar Online-Dakar) - Summary: Senegal's president, Abdoulaye Wade, has asked Parliament to expedite the passage of legislation that would declare a new annual public holiday on the occasion of the Magal de Touba. Links: full story and other Sénégal news and updates.

26-Nov-2009

Côte d'Ivoire

Ivory Coast Declares Afternoon Public Holiday (Source: National NCS-NAB) - Summary: The government of the Ivory Coast has added the afternoon of Thursday, November 26, 2009, beginning at 13:30 local time, to the previously announced Eid al-Adha public holidays dates. Links: full story and other Côte d'Ivoire news and updates.

25-Nov-2009

Honduras

Honduras Could Declare November 30 Public Holiday (Source: La Prensa-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: Honduras' Secretaría de Gobernación y Justicia has been petitioned by both the private and public sectors to declare next Monday, November 30, 2009, as a one-off public holiday. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

25-Nov-2009

Romania

Romania Announces November 30 School Closings (Source: Ziarul de Iasi-Botosani) - Summary: Romania's Ministry of Education has announced that all educational institutions would be closed on Monday, November 30, 2009, the day before Romania's National Day public holiday. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

25-Nov-2009

Kenya

Kenya Idd-ul-Adha Date Bickering (Source: The Nation-Mombasa) - Summary: Muslims in Kenya are left unsure when to celebrate the upcoming Idd-ul-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

25-Nov-2009

Sudan

Sudan Announces April 11 Election Date (Source: Sudan Radio Service-Khartoum) - Summary: Sudan's National Election Commission has announced that the upcoming general elections, briefly scheduled for April 5, 2010, will now take place on April 11, 2010. Links: full story and other Sudan news and updates.

25-Nov-2009

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Declares December 7 Public Holiday (Source: Uzbek National News Agency-Tashkent) - Summary: The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, has signed the Resolution "On shifting day-off from Saturday, December 5, 2009 onto Monday, December 7, 2009", which declares Monday, December 7, 2009, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Uzbekistan. Links: full story and other Uzbekistan news and updates.

25-Nov-2009

Russia

Russian Republics Announce Kurban Bairam Public Holidays (Source: Tass News Agency-Moscow) - Summary: For the first time, the 3 Russian republics of Kabardino-Balkaria, Adygea, and Karachay-Cherkessia, have announced a non-working public holiday on Friday, November 27, 2009, on the occasion of the upcoming Kurban Bairam holidays. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

24-Nov-2009

Macedonia

Macedonia Announces Kurban Bairam Public Holiday Date (Source: IDIVIDI-Skopje) - Summary: Macedonia's Ministry of Labour and Social Policy has announced that the upcoming Kurban Bairam (Feast of Sacrifice) public holiday would be observed on Friday, November 27, 2009. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

24-Nov-2009

Chile

Chile Considering December 13 Public Holiday (Source: La Nación-Santiago) - Summary: Chile's Parliament is considering an emergency measure that would declare December 13, 2009, the day of the upcoming elections, as a public holiday. Links: full story and other Chile news and updates.

24-Nov-2009

Uganda

Uganda Announces Eid al-Adha Public Holiday Date (Source: New Vision Online-Kampala) - Summary: The government of Uganda has announced that the upcoming Eid al-Adha public holiday would be observed on Friday, November 27, 2009. Links: full story and other Uganda news and updates.

23-Nov-2009

Qatar

Qatar Announces Eid al-Adha Bank Holidays (Source: Qatar Central Bank-Doha) - Summary: The Qatar Central Bank has announced that the bank holidays for the upcoming "Eid Al Adha" holidays will start on Thursday, November 26, 2009, and will last for 3 business days. Links: full story and other Qatar news and updates.

23-Nov-2009

UAE

UAE Central Bank Declares 2 Bank Holidays (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The Board of Directors of the UAE's Central Bank has released a circular announcing their decision to extend the upcoming Eid al-Adha and National Day banks holidays by one day each. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

23-Nov-2009

Liberia

Liberia Declares November 24 Electoral Public Holiday (Source: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Monrovia) - Summary: Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has once again issued a proclamation declaring Tuesday, November 24, 2009, as a one-off regional public holiday on the occasion of the Montserrado County Senatorial run-off by-election, to be observed throughout Montserrado County. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

23-Nov-2009

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Confirms January 2010 Moved Public Holidays (Source: El Día-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The government of the Dominican Republic has released a confirmation of the 4 public holidays that will occur in January 2010, including 2 that will be moved from their traditional observance date in 2010. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

23-Nov-2009

Bangladesh

Bangladesh 2010 Public Holidays List Approved (Source: bdnews24-Dhaka) - Summary: The press secretary to Bangladesh's prime minister, Abul Kalam Azad, has announced that the cabinet had approved the 2010 list of official public holidays in Bangladesh. Links: full story and other Bangladesh news and updates.

23-Nov-2009

Niger

Niger Declares Tabaski Public Holiday (Source: Le Sahel-Niamey) - Summary: Niger's Ministère de la Fonction Publique et du Travail has announced that the upcoming Tabaski (Feast of Sacrifice) public holiday would be observed on Saturday, November 28, 2009. Links: full story and other Niger news and updates.

23-Nov-2009

South Sudan

Sudan's GoSS Declares Today A Public Holiday (Source: United Nations Environment Programme-UNEP) - Summary: Earlier this morning, the President of the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), Salva Kiir Mayardit, has launched a clean-up operation of the GoSS capital, Juba, and declared the day a public holiday. Links: full story and other South Sudan news and updates.

22-Nov-2009

South Africa

South Africa Petitioned For Arrival Day Public Holiday (Source: Press Trust of India-PTI) - Summary: A coalition of South African Indian cultural, religious and political leaders have asked the government of South Africa to declare a public holiday on November 16, 2010, to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first indentured laborers from India. Links: full story and other South Africa news and updates.

22-Nov-2009

Bulgaria

Bulgaria Approves August 23 Holiday (Source: Sofia News Agency-Novinite) - Summary: The Bulgarian Parliament has officially declared August 23 as the "Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Crimes Committed by Communist and other Totalitarian Regimes". Links: full story and other Bulgaria news and updates.

22-Nov-2009

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic To Reconsider Moving Mid-Week Public Holidays (Source: Periódico 7 Días-Santo Domingo) - Summary: The Senate of the Dominican Republic is to consider a new bill, introduced by Senator Euclides Sánchez, that would put an end to the practice of moving some mid-week public holidays to adjoin the nearest weekend. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

22-Nov-2009

Brazil

Brazilian President Promises November 20 Public Holiday In 2010 (Source: A Tarde-Salvador) - Summary: Brazil's president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has promised that next year's, November 20th, Dia da Consciência Negra, would be a full-fledged national public holiday. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

21-Nov-2009

Iraq

Iraq Announces Weeklong Stock Exchange Holidays (Source: Iraq Stock Exchange-Baghdad) - Summary: The Iraqi Stock Exchange has announced that it would suspend trading activity during the period from Saturday, November 28, until Thursday, December 3, 2009, inclusively, on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha public holidays. Links: other Iraq news and updates.

21-Nov-2009

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Announces Eid al-Adha Public Holiday Date (Source: Information Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan-Jahon) - Summary: The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, has signed the resolution "On celebrating the Kurban-hayit (the Eid al-Adha) in Uzbekistan", which specifies Friday, November 27, 2009, as the date of this year's Feast of Sacrifice public holiday. Links: full story and other Uzbekistan news and updates.

21-Nov-2009

The Bahamas

Bahamas To Amend Public Holidays Act (Source: Government of the Bahamas-Nassau) - Summary: The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hubert Ingraham, has tabled an amendment to the Bahamas Public Holidays Act, designating Monday, December 28th, 2009, as this year's official Boxing Day public holiday. Links: full story and other The Bahamas news and updates.

21-Nov-2009

Germany

Germany: Buß- und Bettag Public Holiday Update (Source: Augsburger Allgemeine-Augsburg) - Summary: The Minister of Culture of Germany's Land of Bavaria, Ludwig Spaenle, has said he would press for the restoration of the Buß- und Bettag public holiday in Bavaria for next year. Links: full story and other Germany news and updates.

21-Nov-2009

Kenya

Kenyan Constitutional Reform Would Keep Only 3 Public Holidays (Source: Capital FM-Nairobi) - Summary: Kenya's Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review has released a draft of constitutional amendments which would only keep 3 public holidays in Kenya. Links: full story and other Kenya news and updates.

21-Nov-2009

Kuwait

Kuwait Bill Settles For 11 Common Public Holidays (Source: The Kuwait Times-Kuwait City) - Summary: Kuwait's Labor and Health Committee has forwarded the draft law on the revisions to the labour code, to the Parliament after reducing the number of private sector holidays in the bill from 13 to 11. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

21-Nov-2009

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Declares December 7 Public Sector Holiday (Source: El Nuevo Diario-Managua) - Summary: Nicaragua's Ministerio del Trabajo (Mitrab) has declared a public sector holiday for the afternoon of Monday, December 7, 2009. Links: full story and other Nicaragua news and updates.

21-Nov-2009

Lebanon

Lebanon Declares November 23 Public Sector Holiday (Source: Ya Libnan-Beirut) - Summary: Yesterday afternoon, Lebanon's Prime Minister, Rafic Hariri, issued an order declaring a one-off public sector holiday and calling for the closure of all public institutions on Monday, November 23, 2009. Links: full story and other Lebanon news and updates.

20-Nov-2009

Nigeria

Nigeria Confirms Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Dates (Source: The Vanguard-Lagos) - Summary: The Press Assistant Director of Nigeria's Ministry of the Interior, Stephen Nelson, has announced that the Nigerian Federal Government had declared Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, 2009, as public holidays to mark the upcoming Muslim festival of Id-El-Kabir. Links: full story and other Nigeria news and updates.

20-Nov-2009

The Gambia

Gambia Announces Tobaski Public Holiday Date (Source: The Gambia Journal-Banjul) - Summary: The President of the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC), Alhagie Mahamadou Lamin Touray, announced yesterday, that Friday, November 27th, 2009, would be the date of the upcoming Muslim feast of Eid Al Adha, better known as Tobaski. Links: full story and other The Gambia news and updates.

20-Nov-2009

Pakistan

Pakistan Declares Additional Eid al-Adha Public Holiday (Source: South Asian News Agency-Islamabad) - Summary: Pakistan's Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, has declared an additional public holiday, on Friday, November 27, 2009, for the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha public holidays. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

20-Nov-2009

Oman

Oman Finally Announces National Day Public Holidays (Source: The Oman Tribune-Muscat) - Summary: Oman's ruling monarch, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, has finally announced the dates for this year's National Day public holidays. Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

19-Nov-2009

Kuwait

Kuwait Adds November 26 Public Holiday (Source: The Arab Times-Kuwait City) - Summary: Kuwait's Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced that pursuant to the recent Cabinet Decision, the Eid Al-Adha public holidays would begin with Arafat Day, on Thursday, November 26, 2009. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

19-Nov-2009

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia 2009 Eid Al Adha Public Holidays Announced (Source: Saudi Press Agency-SPA) - Summary: Saudi Arabia's Supreme Judicial Council has announced that the Dhul-Hijjah Moon's sighting had been confirmed on Tuesday, and that therefore, Eid Al-Adha would be observed on Friday, November 27, 2009. Links: full story and other Saudi Arabia news and updates.

19-Nov-2009

UAE

UAE Declares Additional Eid al-Adha Public Holiday (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE's Chairman of the Federal Human Resources Authority and Minister of Education, Humaid Obeid Al Qatami, has announced an additional public sector holiday on Tuesday, December 1st, 2009, to bride the gap between the 5-day Eid al-Adha, and the 2-day National Day, public sector holidays. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

19-Nov-2009

Jordan

Jordan Finalizes Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Dates (Source: Jordan News Agency-Petra) - Summary: Jordan's Prime Minister, Nader Dahabi, has released a communiqué declaring public holidays for all Jordanian public institutions and government departments, from Thursday, November 26, through Monday, November 30, 2009, for the upcoming Eid Al-Adha (feast of sacrifice) holidays. Links: full story and other Jordan news and updates.

18-Nov-2009

Pakistan

Pakistan Unofficially Announces Eidul Azha Public Holiday (Source: The Daily Times-Peshawar) - Summary: The unofficial Ruet-e-Hilal, moon-sighting, Committee of Pakistan's NWFP Province, has announced that the moon of the Zilhajj lunar month was not sighted last night, and that therefore the Eidul Azha would be celebrated on November 28, 2009. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

18-Nov-2009

Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan Declares November 23 Public Holiday (Source: The Saipan Tribune-Garapan) - Summary: Saipan's Commonwealth Election Commission Board has announced that the date of the upcoming runoff election would be Monday, November 23, 2009, which has been declared a non-working public holiday. Links: full story and other Northern Mariana Islands news and updates.

18-Nov-2009

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Kurban Ayt Public Holiday On November 27 (Source: Kazakhstan Today-Gazeta) - Summary: The press secretary of the press service of the Ministry of Justice of Kazakhstan, Aida Lurova, has announced that the government of Kazakhstan had declared Friday, November 27, 2009, as the date of the non-working public holiday for the upcoming Kurban Ayt (Feast of Sacrifice). Links: full story and other Kazakhstan news and updates.

18-Nov-2009

Ukraine

Ukraine Declares Eid al-Adha Regional Public Holiday (Source: National News Agency of Ukraine-Kyiv) - Summary: The government of the Ukraine has declared the first day of Eid al-Adha, which this year falls on November 27, a non-business day (aka. public holiday), for Crimean Muslims. Links: full story and other Ukraine news and updates.

18-Nov-2009

Indonesia

Indonesia Announces Date Of Idul Adha Holiday (Source: The Jakarta Post-Jakarta) - Summary: Indonesia's largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has announced that the Islamic Day of Sacrifice, or Idul Adha, would be celebrated on November 27, 2009. Links: full story and other Indonesia news and updates.

18-Nov-2009

Oman

Oman National Day Not A Public Holiday (Source: Oman News Agency-ONA) - Summary: The government of Oman has confirmed that the date of this year's National Day (November 18) and Sultan's Birthday (November 19) will be regular working days (ie. will not be public holidays). Links: full story and other Oman news and updates.

17-Nov-2009

Afghanistan

Afghanistan Declares November 19 Public Holiday (Source: Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) - Summary: The government of Afghanistan has declared Thursday, November 19, 2009, as a one-off public holiday to coincide with the date of the inauguration of President Hamid Karzai for a second, five-year, term of office. Links: full story and other Afghanistan news and updates.

17-Nov-2009

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Considering Flag Day Public Holiday (Source: Azeri Press Agency-APA) - Summary: The Chairman of Azerbaijan's Social Policy Committee of the Milli Majlis (Parliament), Hadi Rajabli, has announced that, after consideration, his committee has recommended to the plenary session of the parliament, a "draft law on amendments to the Labor Code", making Flag Day a public holiday. Links: full story and other Azerbaijan news and updates.

17-Nov-2009

Brunei

Brunei Darussalam 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Brunei Information Department-Prime Minister's Office) - Summary: The Information Department of Brunei Darussalam's Prime Minister's Office has released a list of public holidays for 2010. Links: full story and other Brunei news and updates.

16-Nov-2009

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia Declares November 19 Regional Public Holiday (Source: Radio Srbija-Banja Luka) - Summary: The Prime Minister of Bosnia's Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, has announced that Thursday, November 19, 2009, the day of the upcoming funeral of Patriarch Pavle, would be a day of mourning and an official non-working public holiday in the Republika Srpska. Links: full story and other Bosnia and Herzegovina news and updates.

16-Nov-2009

Vietnam

Vietnamese Public Holidays Legislation Draft 2 (Source: Electronic Government Portal of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam-Hanoi) - Summary: The Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs, has released a second draft of the currently being discussed revised version of the Vietnamese Labour code which regulates the list of, and dates of, non-working public holidays in Vietnam. Links: full story and other Vietnam news and updates.

16-Nov-2009

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad Rules-Out CHOGM Public Holiday (Source: Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday-Port-of-Spain) - Summary: The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has officially ruled-out a one-off public holiday for the upcoming November 27-29 CHOGM Summit. Links: full story and other Trinidad and Tobago news and updates.

16-Nov-2009

Serbia

Serbia Declares 3-Day Mourning (Source: B92-Belgrade) - Summary: The government of Serbia has proclaimed three days of mourning, from November 16-18, 2009, following yesterday afternoon's death of Serbian Orthodox Church head, Patriarch Pavle. Links: full story and other Serbia news and updates.

16-Nov-2009

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Declares November 18 Public Sector Holiday (Source: The National-Port Moresby) - Summary: Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, has declared Wednesday, November 18, 2009, as a one-off public sector holiday to coincide with his presentation of the government's "Vision 2050" Plan. Links: full story and other Papua New Guinea news and updates.

15-Nov-2009

Bermuda

Bermuda To Amend Public Holidays Act (Source: The Royal Gazette-Hamilton) - Summary: Bermuda's Premier, and Tourism and Transport Minister, Dr. Ewart Brown, has announced that he would introduce legislation to amend the Bermuda's Public Holidays Act to allow retailers to remain open during holidays when cruise ships are in port. Links: other Bermuda news and updates.

14-Nov-2009

West Bank and Gaza

Gaza Backtrack On Independence Day Public Holiday (Source: Reuters-Gaza) - Summary: The Hamas government of the Gaza Strip has backtracked on its earlier decision to cancel tomorrow's November 15, Independence Day holiday. Links: full story and other West Bank and Gaza news and updates.

14-Nov-2009

USA

USA Reducing State Public Sector Holidays (Source: North County Times-Sacramento) - Summary: The few American states that currently give more than the nationwide average of 11 paid public sector holidays are considering reducing the number of state public holidays. Links: full story and other USA (United States) news and updates.

13-Nov-2009

West Bank and Gaza

Gaza Cancels Independence Day Public Holiday (Source: Haaretz-Gaza) - Summary: Gaza Strip Hamas authorities have called off the annual, November 15th, Palestinian Independence Day celebrations in the Gaza Strip, ordering its schools and offices to remain open as usual, this year. Links: full story and other West Bank and Gaza news and updates.

13-Nov-2009

Namibia

Namibia Officially Rules Out Election Day Public Holiday (Source: The Namibian-Windhoek) - Summary: Namibia's Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana, has finally, and officially, confirmed that the Government Cabinet had decided that there was no need to declare Friday, November 27, 2009, the date of the upcoming presidential and general elections, a public holiday. Links: full story and other Namibia news and updates.

13-Nov-2009

Venezuela

Venezuela Declares Regional Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: El Tiempo-Puerto la Cruz) - Summary: The government of Venezuela's State of Anzoátegui have declared tomorrow, Saturday, November 14, 2009, a state public holiday on account of the 220th birth anniversary of José Antonio Anzoátegui. Links: full story and other Venezuela news and updates.

12-Nov-2009

Mexico

Mexico's Senate Formally Rejects House's Double Public Holidays (Source: El Universal-México City) - Summary: Mexico's Senate Joint Committees For Labour And Legislative Review (Comisiones Unidas del Trabajo y de Estudios Legislativos) have flat-out rejected the Revolution Day public holiday bill, passed by the House of Deputies. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.

12-Nov-2009

Tajikistan

Tajikistan Approves November 24 Flag Day National Holiday (Source: Majlisi namoyandagon of Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan-MNMORT) - Summary: Tajikistan's lower chamber of parliament (the Majlisi Namoyandagon) has approved amendments to the law "On Public Holidays of the Republic of Tajikistan", creating a new annual national holiday, National Flag Day, on November 24. Links: full story and other Tajikistan news and updates.

12-Nov-2009

Macedonia

Macedonia Declares Tree Planting Public Holiday Tomorrow (Source: Macedonian Information Agency-MIA) - Summary: The government of Macedonia has declared tomorrow, Friday, November 13, 2009, as a one-off public holiday to enable citizens to participate in that day's National Tree-Planting Campaign. Links: full story and other Macedonia news and updates.

12-Nov-2009

Kuwait

Kuwait Labor Law Amendments Update (Source: Zawya-Kuwait City) - Summary: Kuwait's National Assembly's health and labor committee has approved, and forwarded for its second reading, the new private sector labor law which would align private sector public holidays, and their duration, on the public sector holidays schedule. Links: full story and other Kuwait news and updates.

12-Nov-2009

Malaysia

Malaysia Rules Out November 14 State Public Holiday (Source: Bernama News Agency-Seremban) - Summary: The Chief Executive of Malaysiás State of Negeri Sembilan, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, has announced that the November 14 celebrations organized to commemorate the state's winning of the Malaysia Cup, would not be a public holiday. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

12-Nov-2009

Pakistan

Pakistan Clarifies 2-Day Weekends Status (Source: The News-Karachi) - Summary: Zubair Motiwala, the adviser to Pakistan's Chief Minister on Economic Affairs, has quashed rumours that the government of Pakistan was moving towards 2-day weekends. Links: full story and other Pakistan news and updates.

11-Nov-2009

UAE

UAE Declares 10-Day School Holidays (Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM) - Summary: The UAE's Minister of Education, Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, has announced that public and private schools in the UAEwill remain closed from November 26 or 27 to December 3 to mark Eid Al Adha and the National Day. Links: full story and other UAE (United Arab Emirates) news and updates.

11-Nov-2009

Romania

Romania To Announce 8-Day Public Sector Holidays Before Year-End (Source: Informatia Zilei-Bucharest) - Summary: Romania's Secretary of State, Fatuloiu Valentin, has announced that it will force public sector employees to take eight days of unpaid public sector holidays, at the end of the year in a bid to cut the budget deficit. Links: full story and other Romania news and updates.

11-Nov-2009

South Sudan

Sudan Clarifies Voter Registration Public Holidays Scope (Source: The Sudan Tribune-Juba) - Summary: Last night, Sudan's minister for cabinet affairs in the Government of Southern Sudan, Dr. Luka Tombekana Monoja, announced that the 7-day voter registration public holidays applies only to constitutional post holders (ie. elected officials), and apologized for the error in the text of the President's order, which by mistake included civil servants. Links: full story and other South Sudan news and updates.

10-Nov-2009

Mexico

Mexico's Senate Ready To Reject Double Revolution Day Public Holiday (Source: Versión Estenográfica de la Sesión del Martes 10 de Noviembre-Cámara de Senadores) - Summary: Although a formal vote in Mexico's Senate has not yet occurred, it would seem that the prevailing mood is one to reject the recent law passed by the Chamber of Deputies, which would create a double Revolution Day public holiday next week. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.

10-Nov-2009

Russia

Russian 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Tass News Agency-Moscow) - Summary: The prime minister of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has signed the governmental order "About days off in 2010", which declares some additional Monday and Friday bridge public holidays to rationalize the non-working days near annual public holidays. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

10-Nov-2009

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan 2009 Kurban Bayram Public Holidays Extended (Source: Turkmenistan Government Information Agency-Ashgabad) - Summary: The President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, has signed the "Decree On The Kurban Bayramy Celebrations" which sets the Kurban Bayramy celebrations in Turkmenistan, for the period of November 28-30, 2009, with an additional, one-off, day in lieu, public holiday on Tuesday, December 1st, 2009. Links: full story and other Turkmenistan news and updates.

10-Nov-2009

Brazil

Brazil 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Ministério do Planejamento, Orçamento e Gestão-Brasilia) - Summary: The Federal Government of Brazil, through its Ministério do Planejamento, announced the official list of 2010 public holidays in Brazil. Links: full story and other Brazil news and updates.

9-Nov-2009

Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands Announces 2010 Public Holidays (Source: Office of the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands-Majuro) - Summary: The government of the Marshall Islands has released its official list of 2010 public holidays. Links: full story and other Marshall Islands news and updates.

9-Nov-2009

Liberia

Liberia Declares November 10 Electoral Public Holiday (Source: Liberia Webs-Monrovia) - Summary: Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has issued a Proclamation declaring Tuesday, November 10, 2009, as a one-off regional public holiday, on account of that day's Montserrado County senatorial by-election. Links: full story and other Liberia news and updates.

9-Nov-2009

Egypt

Egypt Declares 10-day School Holidays (Source: Daily News Egypt-Cairo) - Summary: Egypt's Prime Minister, Ahmed Nazif, has extended the usual four-day Eid El-Adha school holidays to 10 days for all schools and universities as a preventive measure against the global swine flu pandemic. Links: full story and other Egypt news and updates.

9-Nov-2009

Spain

Spain Valencia Regional Public Holidays For 2010 (Source: Diari Oficial de la Comunitat Valenciana-Valencia) - Summary: The Consell de la Generalitat Valenciana has published the list of 2010 public holidays in Spain's Autonomous Region of the Comunidad Valenciana. Links: full story and other Spain news and updates.

8-Nov-2009

Mexico

Mexico Revolution Day Public Holiday Update (Source: Gaceta Parlamentaria de la Cámara de Diputados-Mexico City) - Summary: Despite many conflicting news stories, appearing in the Mexican media this weekend, it now appears, that there will be only one Revolution Day public holiday in Mexico, this year, on Friday, November 20, as opposed to the previously scheduled date of Monday, November 16, 2009. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.

8-Nov-2009

Serbia

Serbia Extends School Holidays Till November 11 (Source: Deutsche Presse-Agentur-Belgrade) - Summary: Serbia's Education Minister, Zarko Obradovic, has announced that it had decided to extend the autumn school holidays, for another 3 days, until Wednesday, November 11, 2009. Links: full story and other Serbia news and updates.

8-Nov-2009

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Could Reconsider Public Holidays Law (Source: El Nacional-Santo Domingo) - Summary: On Friday, the Secretary of Education of the Dominican Republic, Bachelor Melanio Paredes, called on Congress to modify the public holidays law 139-97, saying it causes loss of time in the school system. Links: full story and other Dominican Republic news and updates.

8-Nov-2009

South Sudan

Sudan Declares 7-Day Voter Registration Public Holidays (Source: The Sudan Tribune-Juba) - Summary: The President of Sudan's semi-autonomous Southern Sudan (GoSS), Salva Kiir Mayardit, has issued a presidential order declaring seven days of public holiday, from November 11 to 17, 2009, in order to enable government officials to mobilize for voter registration. Links: full story and other South Sudan news and updates.

7-Nov-2009

Holy See

Vatican 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Prefettura della Casa Ponitificia-Vatican City) - Summary: The Vatican's Prefecture of the Papal Household has released the list of 2010 public holidays for the Vatican (aka. the Holy See). Links: full story and other Holy See news and updates.

6-Nov-2009

Mexico

Mexico Declares Another Revolution Day Public Holiday (Source: Cámara de Diputados-Mexico City) - Summary: Mexico's lower house of parliament (Cámara de Diputados) has approved a bill creating a second celebration of the Revolution Day (Día de la Revolución) public holiday, on Friday, November 20, 2009, apparently in addition to the regularly scheduled public holiday on Monday, November 16, 2009. Links: full story and other Mexico news and updates.

6-Nov-2009

India

India November 7 Public Holiday In Himachal Pradesh (Source: Bharat Sandesh-Shimla) - Summary: The government of India's State of Himachal Pradesh had declared Saturday, November 7, 2009, as a gazetted public holiday in the areas of 3-Rohroo and 36-Jawali Vidhan Sabha Constituencies on account of by-elections that will be held in these Assembly Constituencies on that date. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

5-Nov-2009

Taiwan

Taiwan's MOI Approves Children's Day Public Holiday (Source: Taiwan Today-Taipei) - Summary: Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior has approved a proposal to declare a "new", April 4, annual public holiday for Children's Day. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

5-Nov-2009

Tajikistan

Tajikistan To Consider Flag Day National Holiday (Source: Official Site of the Presidency of Tajikistan-Dushanbe) - Summary: On Tuesday, Tajikistan's President, Emomali Rahmon, sent a draft law on making amendments to the country's law "On Holidays" to the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan's lower chamber of parliament). Links: full story and other Tajikistan news and updates.

4-Nov-2009

Cape Verde

Cape Verde Declares November 6 Public Holiday (Source: Expresso das Ilhas-Praia) - Summary: Late last night, the Prime Minister of Cape Verde, José Maria Neves, declared Friday, November 6, 2009, as a one-off public holiday, in view of the growing dengue fever epidemic. Links: full story and other Cape Verde news and updates.

4-Nov-2009

Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos 2010 Public Holidays Announced (Source: Turks and Caicos Office Of Public Service Management-Providenciales) - Summary: The Office Of Public Service Management of the Turks and Caicos Islands has released its official list of 2010 public holidays. Links: full story and other Turks and Caicos Islands news and updates.

4-Nov-2009

Malaysia

Malaysia Declares November 8 Kelantan Public Holiday (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kota Baharu) - Summary: The Deputy Menteri Besar of the Malaysian State of Kelantan, Datuk Ahmad Yakob, has declared Sunday, November 8, 2009, as a non-working state public holiday to mark the Kelantan Football Team's historic Malaysia Cup appearance, the day before. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

4-Nov-2009

Singapore

Singapore Gazettes Upcoming APEC 2009 Leaders Week (Source: APEC Singapore 2009 Website-Singapore) - Summary: Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, has announced that the upcoming, November 8-15, APEC 2009 Leaders Week Meeting, has been gazetted as a "Special Event" under the amended Public Order Act introduced earlier this year. Links: full story and other Singapore news and updates.

4-Nov-2009

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia Changes Date Of Upcoming Kurban Bayram Public Holiday (Source: B92-Belgrade) - Summary: The government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) has changed the date of the upcoming Kurban Bayram (Feast of Sacrifice) public holiday from Saturday, November 28, to Friday, November 27, 2009. Links: full story and other Bosnia and Herzegovina news and updates.

4-Nov-2009

India

India Confirms 2010 Commonwealth Games Public Holiday (Source: Indian Express-New Delhi) - Summary: The Lieutenant-Governor of India's Delhi Capital State, Tejendra Khanna, has approved a full state public holiday for Thursday, October 14, 2010, on the occasion of the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

3-Nov-2009

Australia

Australia's ATA CAlls For Uniform Nationwide Public Holidays (Source: Australasian Transport News-ATN) - Summary: The Chairman of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), Trevor Martyn, has written to Treasurer Wayne Swan calling for uniform public holidays across all of Australia's states and territories. Links: full story and other Australia news and updates.

3-Nov-2009

Jersey

Jersey December 28 Public Holiday Update (Source: Jersey Evening Post-Jersey) - Summary: The president of Jersey's Chamber of Commerce, Ray Shead, has urged Jersey States' members to stop fiddling with the recently voted status of the upcoming Boxing Day public holiday. Links: full story and other Jersey news and updates.

3-Nov-2009

Russia

Russia Announces January 2010 Public Holidays (Source: Russland-Aktuell-Moskau) - Summary: Russia's Vice-Chief of the Labor Authority, Ivan Schklowez, has announced that he was "90% certain" that the Russian government would soon issue a decree declaring the first 10 days of January 2010 as non-working public holidays, with the first working day of 2010 being Monday, January 11, 2010. Links: full story and other Russia news and updates.

3-Nov-2009

Malaysia

Malaysia Could Declare November 8 Kelantan Public Holiday (Source: Bernama News Agency-Kota Baharu) - Summary: The President of Malaysia's Kelantan Football Association (KAFA), Tan Sri Annuar Musa, has officially asked Malaysia's Kelantan State government to declare a public holiday on Sunday, November 8, 2009, so that supporters do not have to rush home after Saturday's, Malaysia Cup, match. Links: full story and other Malaysia news and updates.

3-Nov-2009

India

India November 7 Public Holiday In Uttar Pradesh (Source: United News of India-Lucknow) - Summary: The government of India's State of Uttar Pradesh (UP) has declared a regional public holiday on Saturday, November 7, 2009, in view of the by-elections to 11 assembly and one Lok Sabha seats. Links: full story and other India news and updates.

2-Nov-2009

Honduras

Honduras November 2 Public Holiday Clarification (Source: Diario Tiempo-Tegucigalpa) - Summary: Following this weekend's declaration by the speaker of Honduras' Parliament, Ramón Velásquez, there has been widespread confusion that today, November 2nd, 2009, would be an official public holiday, which is not the case. Links: full story and other Honduras news and updates.

2-Nov-2009

Taiwan

Taiwan To Add Grandparents' Day Non-Working Holiday (Source: CNA News-Taipei) - Summary: Taiwan's Premier, Wu Den-Yih, has instructed Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) to consider setting up a Grandparents Day national holiday. Links: full story and other Taiwan news and updates.

2-Nov-2009

Ghana

Ghana Trial Census On November 8 (Source: Ghana News Agency-Ho) - Summary: Ghana Government Statistician, Dr Grace Bediako, has announced that the trial census to precede the 2010 Population and Housing Census (PHC) will start on Sunday, November 8, 2009. Links: full story and other Ghana news and updates.

2-Nov-2009

Peru

Peru Declares November 4 Puno Public Holiday (Source: Los Andes-Puno) - Summary: The government of Puno's regional government has declared an official regional public holiday on account of the 341st anniversary of the foundation of the city of Puno on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009. Links: full story and other Peru news and updates.


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